A strong batting performance lifted Southwold’s Sunday XI to 221/7 and a place in the next round of the Suffolk Alliance Cup as they beat Melton St. Audry in the first round by 88 runs, bowling them out for 133.
Melton should have been dismissed for far fewer than this as Southwold had their opponenets on the ropes at 66/8, but a fightback from 9th wicket pair Mark Whitmore (20) and Jack Lord (43*) kept Southwold at bay for nearly an hour. Yet the hard work had been done by the bowlers at the top of the order – despite Steve Hines going wicketless he was economic as ever as Craig Gorst-Allman ran through the batsmen. He picked up 4/22 whilst Charles Le Versha finished with 2/32 – and Aaron Goffin was in the wickets again, this time claiming figures of 2/28 from four overs as his leg spin proved too much for the opposition. Southwold’s fielders stuck manfully to their task on a hot afternoon, with Shane Gosling leading the way behind the stumps with one good catch off Goffin and a smart piece of thinking to stump Doug Andrews off Gorst-Allman. Although Whitmore and Lord kept them in the hunt with plenty of well timed and well placed shots, Melton were never in the hunt and a run out at the end of the 33rd over ended the game with the hosts 88 runs adrift.
Earlier in the day, Southwold’s batsmen piled the runs up with a well paced batting performance. Gareth Gorst-Allman fell one short of his fifty whilst Goffin (31) and Craig Gorst-Allman (20) also got in on the act as Southwold reached 100/2 after 17 overs. Gorst-Allman the senior was his typical aggressive self with two towering sixes over the leg side but it was the partnership between Tim Porter and Shane Gosling that sealed Southwold’s big total. Coming together at 114/4, Southwold could easily have let their fast start slip but the two bided their time before attacking in the last 10 overs. Porter was caught for 32 before Gosling unfurled an array of strokes which demonstrates the strength down the order that Southwold have. He littered the offside boundary with fours before reaching his first senior fifty with a handsome straight six – before he fell for 54 off 56 balls. There was enough time for some smart running from Keith Pettman and Trevor Clifford to nick a few extra runs before the 40 overs was up, by which point Southwold had amassed enough runs to be comfortable with.
They await news of a match between Sudbourne Hall and Worlingworth to determine their next round opponents in a match that will take place on the first Sunday of July. Next week they return to League cricket, and have a home game against Kesgrave.